Leslie Knope Would Love This Galentine's Day Party (and Your Friends Will, Too)
Many people have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. For some, the day creates an excuse to go on a romantic date with a significant other, exchange gifts and eat a lot of chocolate. For others, it’s a dreaded commercial holiday that highlights their single status. Whether you plan to celebrate Valentine's Day or not, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate the less controversial Galentine’s Day with your girls!
Leslie Knope, fictional superwoman and small town government employee from Parks and Recreation, played by Amy Poehler, created the holiday. Galentine’s Day falls on Feb. 13 and is a day to celebrate all the lovely ladies in your life. Follow these ideas for decor, recipes and activities to throw a Galentine’s party worthy of even Leslie Knope’s approval.
Step 1: Send pretty invites to your squad.
Sure, you could just send a group text to all your gal pals to tell them about the party, but why not send actual paper invitations to make it feel more official? Download one of these free printable invitations that we love.
This colorful and retro floral invitation is perfect for any celebration. Simply fill in the event information, print onto card stock and it's ready to send off to your guests. Use an aqua font or pen to match the flowers as the main text color, and choose a sunny-yellow cursive font for the guest-of-honor's name. Design by Jayme Marie Gonzalez of Jayme Marie Designs
The yellow and gray color combination of this modern geometric invite makes it perfect for any stylish gathering. For a simple yet eye-catching embellishment, punch holes at the top and bottom of the invitation wording, and run colored baker's twine down the side with a simple knot to connect it. Design by Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails
Soft Chevron Stripes
A sweet touch of pink added to the crisp chevron pattern makes this whimsical invitation perfect when you want to combine modern and delicate design styles. For an extra-special addition, cut a long flag shape from colored card stock to wrap across the front. Secure the back with tape, layer on another piece of card stock and wrap baker's twine around to hold it in place. Design by Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails
This chic outdoor-inspired invitation is ideal for a summer or fall dinner party, though perfectly equipped to be used for year-round events. Fill in your party details with a funky font and send to your friends for any last-minute (or well-planned) get-together. You've got the invitation, now all you need is a bucket of drinks, delectable treats and great company. Design by Shannon Eddings of Clapping Tree Design
Are you set on a particular color scheme for your party? Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio created a simple chevron-patterned invitation in a variety of vibrant hues, including yellow, orange, turquoise and pink. You can even promote a sophisticated black-and-white cocktail party by sending out the invite patterned in black.
This modern bird invitation is perfect for every occasion, from backyard barbeques to bridal showers. It's easy to spice up this refined invitation by adding vintage postage to the envelope for a charming retro look. Design by Nicole Ripplinger and Alison Allen of The Henhouse Press and Deuce Cities Henhouse
The bold yellow floral silhouettes offset with soft gray outlines on this party invite are sure to create an atmosphere of elegance at any occasion. Include a simple envelope liner to add a fun surprise to your party invite and create a subtle contrast with the summery chrome-yellow hues. Design by Nicole Ripplinger and Alison Allen of The Henhouse Press and Deuce Cities Henhouse
The perfect invitation for any casual afternoon, this colorful pennant and polka-dot design is especially ideal for kids' birthday parties or getting the gang together for brunch or an afternoon of backyard fun. Design by Nicole Ripplinger and Alison Allen of The Henhouse Press and Deuce Cities Henhouse
A Place for You
The sophisticated graphic place setting on this invitation allows it to easily be used for a number of different occasions. To keep the style clean and simple, create a knot with silver ribbons and string it through the back of the invitation, leaving the knot in front. Layer on silver card stock and round the corners to give it a polished look. Design by Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails
Birds in Flight
Send this sweet and casual invitation out for a special event honoring that stylish friend of yours, whether it's a bridal shower or a casual weekend gathering. Coordinate with a mustard-yellow envelope to complement the sage and gray design and you're sure to receive wonderful responses from your guests. Design by Shannon Eddings of Clapping Tree Design
Classic Black and White
This edgy and modern invite is perfect for your next dinner party or evening affair. The classic black-and-white color scheme can coordinate with just about any event and is perfect for last-minute get-togethers. Even if you're running behind, taking the time to send invites in the mail lets your guests know you're thinking of them and that you're looking forward to the party just as much as they are. Design by Nicole Ripplinger and Alison Allen of The Henhouse Press and Deuce Cities Henhouse
Feeling crafty? This elegant damask invite would look even more gorgeous with some extra embellishment. Try hand-sewing around the frame at the bottom of the invite in bright orange thread to add some extra oomph. Then, fill in your information with a matching pen and send out to your guests for a stylish sneak peek of the party to come. Design by Shannon Eddings of Clapping Tree Design
Shades of Pink
Step 2: Decorate.
Enlist one or two of the attendees to come over a couple of hours early and help you decorate. Use these DIYs to set the scene.
Chevron Sequin Backdrop
This is where you get to show off your creative skills. A printed fabric backdrop is most common, but why limit yourself to store-bought options? Make one that adds life to the photos. Create a chevron-inspired backdrop with black foam board, a glue stick and jumbo gold sequins. Draw the chevron stripes using a ruler, then fill in rows of sequins.
Step 3: Treat yo self (and your gals).
While Valentine's Day and Galentine's Day are times to indulge in sweet treats, you also want to make sure to have savory options. Put together a killer snack spread for everyone to enjoy throughout the night.
Rennai Hoefer, ten22 studio 2013
Cheese Plate for Winter Picnic
A cheese plate makes ideal picnic food: It doesn't require cooking and it's bound to please a crowd. Present a mix of your favorite meats, cheeses and olives atop a marble board. Create your own food-tag holders by spray-painting discount metal forks and folding them into a "U" shape.
Valentine's Day Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Step 4: Prepare activities for a night of entertainment and fun.
Have a traditional sleepover by watching movies and TV. Parks and Rec reruns, anyone? Create a craft corner and DIY your hearts out making Galentine's and Valentine's Day crafts. Take a million photos in the photo booth with fun props, so you'll have plenty of Instagram-worthy shots to remember the night.
Step 5: Send your BFFs home with DIY party favors.
Don't let your girls leave empty-handed. Give them a DIY gift they'll actually want, like these marbled jewelry dishes, for example.
Find out how easy it is to make your own:
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